“The pen is mightier than the sword, and considerably easier to write with.”
Vanessa Query is a director, writer, performer, and organizer. She has written and directed several short films and has performed and produced all types of theater, such as sketch comedy, circus sideshow, and collaborative multimedia performance. Her work has been performed and screened across the United States and in Ireland and India.
She has a B.A. in Theater from Antioch College, where she studied with Louise Smith. She has also studied circus sideshow and stunt work, improv comedy, guerrilla theater, melodrama, and commedia dell’arte with Faux-Real Theatre, Harley Newman, Todd Robbins of Coney Island, Ari Voukydis of the original Upright Citizens Brigade Theater, and the San Francisco Mime Troupe.
She has written and directed five short films: “Love Conquers All”, “Awkward Hugs: An Investigative Report,” “Local Woman Still Missing”, “The Mythical Monster,” and “Alienation.”
She has performed sketch comedy as part of The Pathological Upstagers and the Third Friday Players, and has performed circus sideshow as a solo performer.
She wrote and directed an autoperformance piece, “The Three P’s of the Human Experience,” and a one-act play, “It Adds Up.”
One of the first times she performed was on an episode of Comedy Central’s “Upright Citizens Brigade,” in which she played a girl in a coma.
She has produced film festivals and open mic nights. She is currently the manager of The LAVA Center, a community arts space and venue in Greenfield, Massachusetts.
She was born and bred in Rhode Island, currently lives in Greenfield, Mass (with her kid, actor/model Quinn Arnold), and considers Yellow Springs, Ohio and Clones, Co Monaghan, Ireland her second homes.